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Sherman Alexie's first collection of short stories and second published work was The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. It has won him acclaim as a writer generally and as an important voice in Native American literature. His stories are at turns funny, painful, dark, absurd, and profound. They reveal glimpses of characters living, dreaming, and dying on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
There are multiple narrators in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, varying from story to story. The characters of Victor Joseph and Junior Polatkin are the most common narrators. Their stories are told sometimes in first person and sometimes in third person. The narration usually stays near the protagonist, but it is not particularly omniscient.
The stories are often written in a mixture of the present and the past tense, usually with present tense scenarios that have recollections or memories narrated in the past tense.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto are characters from an old radio and television show that began in the 1930s. The Lone Ranger, a cowboy, was the hero, and Tonto, a Native American, was his sidekick. The show has received criticism for its portrayal of the Native American character. The stories in this collection deal with issues of violence, fighting, and racism, all of which are encapsulated in the title.
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